css by mellie
All throughout her childhood, Moravera Powell received nothing but praise: about her cleverness, about her spirit, and, perhaps most definitively, about her prodigious musical ability. High school found her in national competitions for composition, a cappella, and performance. She was accepted into Juilliard for piano composition. People always talked about how far she'd go. She didn't even have to apply herself, they said: fate seemed to always work in her favor without her lifting a finger.
Vera has recently relocated to a first-floor apartment with her infant son, Julian, and his father
. Most days find her home alone, tending to Julian and idly writing down compositions, if they come to her. Some nights, when Leon's home from work and Julian's asleep, Vera will sneak out to a music lounge to perform some piano. By and large, though, she keeps her head down: there's no shortage of gossip in her social circles, and it has done her reputation no favors.
She's mapping out her rise back to grace, so to speak: she's remaking herself as a "proper lady." This includes pushing Leon out from under her mother's
thumb and into his own company, acquiring more sophisticated fashion and mannerisms, and a pretty big commitment